Girlfriend describes threats leading to deadly Spokane shooting



Posted on March 7, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 8 at 3:45 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Police identified a man shot and killed on Wednesday night as Marshall Balduff.  The 28-year-old died after forcing his way into a Spokane home according to officers.  

His girlfriend spoke to KREM 2 News on Thursday. Kimberly Blackmore said that Balduff would have eventually killed her and everyone in the home had the homeowner not taken action.

Balduff was shot at a house near North Wall and Dalke around 7 p.m. on Wednesday. His girlfriend lives behind the house.

Officers said that Balduff crawled through a doggie door to get into the home and was shot in the chest. Blackmore said she was inside the house when her boyfriend tried coming inside the house.

“He said ‘we can do this the easy way or we can do this the hard way, either way I'm coming inside and I'm going to get you,’” said Blackmore.

She said that is when she ran into the living room to hide. Blackmore said that the homeowner fired and shot Balduff as soon as he came inside the house.

Spokane police arrived on the scene and performed CPR but were not successful. The medical examiner says Balduff died from a gunshot wound to the chest. Blackmore said that she held  Balduff’s hand as he died.

“He was grabbing my hand, reaching out for my hand,” said Kimberly Blackmore, “he told me he knew he was dying,” said Blackmore.

She described her boyfriend as violent to KREM 2 News. She said that he spent Wednesday sending her more than 100 threatening text messages.

“He threatened several times that he was going to kill me and the baby. He had said it multiple times,” said,” said Blackmore.

The homeowners also said Balduff had been threatening them and they believed he was armed with a large knife at the time of the shooting.

“Regardless of what was said, regardless of the threats, the past, I went to his aide and was by his side,” said Blackmore.

Major Crimes Detectives served a search warrant and conducted a search of the scene.  All involved parties were cooperative with the police investigation. 

Officers did recover a large knife at the home as the homeowners suspected. Police believe the knife belonged to Balduff. Blackmore said that her boyfriend had hit her with that same knife earlier in the week.

No arrests have been made and the investigation will be forwarded to the Prosecutors Office when complete.